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1981 Insignia

Winemaker Notes One of the earliest vintages on record, the 1981 growing season started hot and finished hot, with a relatively small crop producing wines of forward flavors and early appeal.

Reviews 92 Points - James Laube, California's Great Cabernets
Sleek and elegant, brimming with fresh, ripe fruit flavors, more forward and approachable than most Insignias. (1989)

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Blend and Grape Sources 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc from 27% estate & 73% grower vineyards: 15% Backus Vineyard (Oakville), 12% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena) and 73% Yountville, Oakville and Napa Valley growers.


Appellation Napa Valley

Aging/Cooperage 16 months in Never barrels


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